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[man-slaw-ter] /ˈmænˌslɔ tər/
Law. the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
the killing of a human being by another; homicide.
Origin of manslaughter
1250-1300; Middle English; see man1, slaughter
Can be confused
homicide, manslaughter, murder (see synonym study at kill) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for manslaughter
  • If widening the scope of manslaughter is about accountability, then it seems fit for purpose.
  • Giordano, opting instead for aggravated manslaughter.
  • He was acquitted of the more serious charge of manslaughter.
  • The driver of the cab, an electric-powered vehicle, was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
  • He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter, driving without a license, and failing to stop at the scene of a crash.
  • They are not to blame it is the ceo that should be put in prison for manslaughter plus other charges.
  • Acquitted of more serious charges, he now faces a retrial for reckless manslaughter.
  • He is still going to get arrested for manslaughter, not to mention sued by the fat guy's family for more than his total wealth.
  • The jury might have convicted him of manslaughter, but that wasn't presented as an option.
  • Criminal charges including manslaughter and abandoning ship are expected to be filed by prosecutors in coming days.
British Dictionary definitions for manslaughter


(law) the unlawful killing of one human being by another without malice aforethought Compare murder See also homicide, malice aforethought
(loosely) the killing of a human being
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Word Origin and History for manslaughter

mid-14c., " act, crime, or sin of killing another human being," in battle or not, from man (n.) + slaughter (n.). Replaced Old English mannslæht (Anglian), mannslieht (West Saxon), from slæht, slieht "act of killing" (see slay). Etymologically identical with homicide, but in legal use usually distinguished from murder and restricted to "simple homicide."

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manslaughter in Culture
manslaughter [(man-slaw-tuhr)]

The unlawful killing of a person, without malice or premeditation. Involuntary manslaughter is accidental, such as running into someone with a car. Voluntary manslaughter is committed in the “heat of passion,” as in a spontaneous fight in which one person is killed by a strong blow. Manslaughter is usually considered less serious than murder. Both murder and manslaughter are types of homicide.

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